Concerns over coach entrance

As a local transport business, we are pleased with the new link road opening, as it is saving our company much time.

However, it causes congestion at peak times with traffic entering The Ridge West.

With this in mind, it is essential that the Gateway Road or something similar is built.

Not having attended the latest planning meeting, I assume the position of The Gateway is the same as before, which is having a short dual carriageway running outside my company’s only entrance.

Anyone familiar with the entrance to Rambler Coaches will be aware of the quite steep slope which faces vehicles when approaching in Whitworth Road.

When the Gateway opens our vehicles will have to make a 270-degree left turn to access our property.

Seachange have used computer calculations to tell us this will be possible.

My 40 years’ experience with entrances leaves me with doubts.

Seachange have made only one visit with me to the site and have seen the difficulties it will present but are adamant it will be OK. On a good day a coach will enter and park in one minute.

At 4.30pm, there are up to ten vehicles in a row obstructing Whitworth Road whilst each one parks.

These 10 vehicles will be on the new single carriageway Gateway for up to 10 minutes helping with the pollution even more, as some will have difficulty making the turn.

At night, any vehicle not making the turn at the first attempt, will have to reverse blind, in the dark, across a dual carriageway!

We have explained the position to Seachange, the planning people, highways, Hastings council , the police, the traffic commissionaires and our MP. So, motorists of Hastings, please don’t blame us if you happened to be held up on our new roadway system by buses trying to get into our base, we did try to tell everybody what will happen.

Colin Rowland


Rambler Coaches

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